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Undergraduate Course: Classical Receptions (CLTR10017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Literature of the Classical World has occupied a singularly privileged place in the works of later literary writers from the Hellenistic period to the present day. This course examines the various ways in which post-classical and contemporary writers have read, appropriated, translated, re-imagined, and re-contextextualised Classical Literature. We look at how and for what reasons some of the major classical texts (such as Homer, Sappho, Greek Drama, Virgil, Ovid) have been differently understood and differently employed by later writers and how the later readings open up new ways to re-read the classical texts. The course is informed by the course organiser's own research in Reception Studies.
Course description The course would be expected to cover some of the following:
1. The Theory of Reception Studies
2. Ancient Reception: Hellenistic and Roman reception of classical texts
3. Medieval and Renaissance Reception
4. Early Modern Reception
5. Victorian Reception
6. 20th and 21st Century Reception
7. Modern Italian Reception of Latin Texts
8. Modern Greek Reception of Classical Texts
9. Non Western Reception of Classical Texts
10. Translation as Reception
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students must have passed 2 of the following 2nd year courses: Ancient History 2a: Past and Present in the Ancient World (ANHI08014 or ANHI08007), Ancient History 2b: Themes and Theories in Ancient History (ANHI08013), Classical Literature 2: Greek and Roman Epic (CLTR08008), Classical Archaeology 2b: Materials and Methods (CACA08010)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 courses in Classics related subject matter(at least 2 of which should be in Classical Literature) at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
& demonstrate in written coursework and examinations a reasoned understanding of the theory and practice of Literary Reception Studies
& produce well-argued, well-documented, and properly referenced written work
& demonstrate in oral discussion and written work an ability to use critically, and to evaluate, a wide range of ancient and modern sources
& demonstrate in written coursework and examinations a critical awareness of the aesthetic, intellectual or political import of literary rewritings
Reading List
Goff, B. & Simpson, M. (Eds) Crossroads in the Black Aegean: Oedipus, Antigone and dramas of the African Diaspora (2007)
Graziosi, B. Inventing Homer: The Early Reception of Epic (2002)
Graziosi, B. & Greenwood, E. (Eds) Homer in the Twentieth Century: between World Literature and the Western Canon (2007)
Hall, E. & Wrigley, A. (Eds) Aristophanes in Performance, 421 BC $ AD 2007 (2007)
Hardwick, L. Translating Worlds, Translating Cultures (2000)
Hardwick, L. & Stray, C. (Eds) A Companion to Classical Receptions (2008)
Kaldellis, A. Hellenism in Byzantium: the Transformations of the Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical Tradition (2007)
Martindale, C. Virgil and his Influence: Bimillennial Studies (1984)
Martindale, C. (Ed) Ovid Renewed: Ovidian Influences on Literature and Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century (1988)
Martindale, C. Redeeming the Text: Latin Poetry and the Hermeneutics of Reception (1993)
Martindale, C.A & Thomas, R.F. (Eds) Classics and the Uses of Reception (2006)
Moog-Grunewald, M. The Reception of Myth and Mythology (2010)
Van Steen, G. Venom in Verse: Aristophanes in Modern Greece (2000)
Zajko, V. & Leonard, M. (Eds) Laughing with Medusa: Classical Myth and Feminist Thought (2006)

New Voices in Classical Reception (OU e-journal)
International Journal of the Classical Tradition
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements In order for a student from outwith Classics to be enrolled, contact must be made with a Course Secretary on 50 3580 in order for approval to be obtained.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Stephanie Winder
Tel: (0131 6)50 3583
Course secretaryMs Elaine Hutchison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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